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. >> hagman, of course, was best known as that scheming oil baron j.r. ewing. abc's david muir. >> reporter: flowers in the south fork ranch in dallas. the backdrop for what would define america in the 1980s. at the center of it, larry hagman from ft. worth, reveling in his role the evil conniving oil man, j.r. ewing, here with his wife sue ellen, actress susan gray. >> you're a drunk and unfit mother. the sooner we have you put away in that sanitarium the better off you'll be. >> reporter: people loathed him and were disgusted by his ways but wooed by his wicked humor. >> don't forgive and don't forget and do unto others before they do unto you. >> reporter: when j.r. was shot in that 1980 cliff-hanger [ gunshots ] -- the world spent months asking "who shot j.r.?" even the queen mum who wanted to know who pulled the trigger. record households tuning in to learn the answer, it was j.r.'s scheming sister-in-law kristin. hagman himself in theater before tv. a five-year run on "i dream of jeannie." the astronaut and the genie who loved him. >> master, it's almost 3:00 in the morning. get some
" will be remembered for his character, j.r. ewing. he was as charismatic as he was evil. he was one of the most colorful and villainous characters on television. j.r. ewing. >> you'll find other ways to skin a cat. >> reporter: when larry hagman took the role on, it was only supposed to last a few weeks. but "dallas" became a hit and part of television history. in his last sitdown interview with wfaa, hagman revealed -- >> i thought we would get six shows out of this and walk away and go on vacation. >> reporter: no vacation, as hagman's character, the mischievous oil tycoon and his antics made "dallas" one of the biggest hits in the '80s. and recently, hagman and his co-stars were reunited as the show was retooled for modern times. >> i hate to hit a man below the belt. but you know i will. >> reporter: he also made the cowboy hat cool to wear. hagman died last night due to complications from throat cancer. the family released a statement saying, larry's family and close friends had joined him in dallas for the thanksgiving holiday. when he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. it was a pea
paying tribute to j.r. ewing. on this sunday, flowers at the south fork ranch north of dallas, the backdrop for the soap that would define excess in america in the 1980s. at the center of it all, larry hagman, a texas native himself from if the worth, as the evil, conniving man j.r. ewing. here, with his actress wife linda gray. >> you are a drunk, unfit mother. >> reporter: he was loathed and loved by the millions who turned in every week. they were disgusted by his ways and wooed by his wicked humor. >> don't forgive and don't forget. and do unto others before they do unto you. >> when he was shot in the 1980 cliff hanger, the world spent months asking who shot jr. in his memoir, he says he refused to tell even the queen mum who wanted to know who pulled the trigger. and 40 million people tuning in to know the answer, it was j.r.'s sister-in-law, kristen. hagman himself, before tv. a five-year run on "i dream of genie," the astronaut and the genie who loved him. >> master, it's almost 3:00 in the morning. get some sleep. >> reporter: when dallas began, linda gray said she re
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